2014 Fall Grantees

In our 2014 Fall grant cycle, the Foundation awarded $23,250 in grants for 13 projects.

Community Bridges. Community Bridges Mentoring Program. Expanding the Community Bridges mentoring program and the Community Bridges Women’s mentoring program in the high schools.

Docs in Progress.Community Stories Documentary Project. The project will document and showcase stories of people and institutions who make up the fabric of life in Takoma Park, Maryland through video documentaries. It will also showcase all of these videos at a free community film festival.

East Silver Spring PTA.Supporting Panda Club. To support the ESS PTA’s Panda Club, an after-school enrichment program designed to boost student skills and achievement in critical academic areas.

Ghandi Brigade.Empowering Youth Voices: GB Youth Promoters. Gandhi Brigade Promoters Program is a yearlong program that trains underserved youth from Montgomery County, mainly high school students from Silver Spring and Takoma Park, in media and leadership skills to help them engage their communities and peers in social justice issues.

La Sagrada Familia Lutheran Church.Hope for the Families. The focus of this project is to provide educational opportunities for the entire family. Specifically the Hope for the Families offers an after-school tutoring program for elementary school children, an art and music program for adolescents, and an English as a Second Language class for their parents, relatives and other members of the community.

Montgomery Housing Partnership.Flower Ave. Revitalization Spring/Summer 2015. Building on lessons learned from previous projects, MHP will add flowers to the street lights again, this time with an improved system of watering, and again making use of local labor. In addition, the partnership intends to assist Manna Restaurant in adding an attractive awning to its façade, one in keeping with our over-all strategy of using improved arts and design along Flower Ave. generally.

New Hampshire Estates & Oak View Elementary Schools PTA. Cooking Classes & Contest! The Cooking Classes and Contest! project activity is to teach both parents and children from the New Hampshire Estates, Oak View, and other local elementary schools about healthy, thrifty and still tasty foods by giving them cooking lessons and hosting an international outdoor cooking contest and celebration near the end of the school year at a community center.

Old Takoma Business Association. ArtHop. ArtHop Takoma is an annual weekend-long festival that transforms the Old Takoma area into a neighborhood arts district with businesses displaying the work of dozens of local artists. A trolley is available to move visitors around.

Old Takoma Business Association. reCYCLE. reCYCLE Please Sit on the Art is the fifth installment in the Old Takoma Business Association’s reCYCLE temporary public art series in Old Takoma DC and Maryland.

Piney Branch Elementary School. Family Fitness Night, STEM and Field Trip Fund. In the 2014 and 2015 school year, PBES staff plan to host two new events for the student community including Family Fitness Night and STEM Night as well as several 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade field trips. At Family Fitness Night, participants will engage in a many educational and physical activities that teach us all about the importance of exercise, eating right, and leading a healthy life. The goal of STEM Night is to inspire children and their families to appreciate and be involved in science, math and engineering activities as a part of their daily lives. home.

Rolling Terrace PTA.Rolling Terrace Edible Schoolyard. This project seeks to broaden the reach of the nascent edible school garden program at Rolling Terrace, a Title I school and certified Maryland Green School with over 850 students. The project will give opportunity to more students and parents to benefit from garden-based education through increased access to planting space as well as classroom-based lessons. At the same time, the project will facilitate the deepening of connections with similar programs in the region. Such connections help to avoid reinvention of wheels; enable access to best practices; and foster the growth of a healthy and vibrant community.

Safe Takoma.Coolidge Freshman Aiming Higher. This grant will help pay for the next workshop on Leadership in Conflict Resolution (LCR) for the Coolidge Senior High School’s Freshman Academy. The principal objective of this mini-workshop -- as part of a proposed series of workshops -- with the Coolidge Freshman Academy is to help retain a higher percentage of freshmen than before in order to keep this cohort of students on track to graduate. The highest percentage of high school drop-outs occurs in the freshman year.

Takoma Park Elementary School PTA.TPES STEM Program. The goal of the program is to provide STEM opportunities to students of TPES, encouraging them to develop cooperative and problem-solving skills which they will bring to STEM-related fields and academics as they grow. The weekly interactive science and engineering class taught to every 1st and 2nd grade student at TPES.